Areas of Emphasis
  • Antitrust Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Media Defense
  • Telecommunications
Distinctions
  • AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: General Commercial
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation Antitrust
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Anti-Trust Law, First Amendment Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation
  • Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers®, 2012-13
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, State of Mississippi, 1981-1984
  • Clerkship, Hon. Charles Clark, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1976-1977
  • Delegate, U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1991, 1993, 2013
Education & Honors
  • University of Mississippi, J.D., with honors, 1976
  • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Philosophy and English, 1972
Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Patent and Copyright Section
    • Communications Law Forum
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Media Law Resource Center
    • Employment Libel and Privacy Committee Chair, 2005-07
  • Mississippi Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Section
      • Chair, 2012-13, Executive Committee, 2013-14
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association President, 2006-07, Professionalism Award, 2011, Distinguished Service Award, 1998
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court Bencher
  • Advisory Board to William Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation Chair, 2010-13
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1976
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts
    • New York: Southern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Experience
  • Has successfully argued numerous appeals involving issues of first impression or the reversal of multi-million dollar judgments in federal and state courts, including four en banc hearings before the Mississippi Supreme Court.
  • Has appeared as counsel for amici curiae in several federal and state appeals where the federal or state appellate courts have adopted the legal arguments of amici.
  • Has been first chair in jury and bench trials in federal and state courts in Mississippi, including trying cases to verdict in Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jones, Rankin and Warren Counties.
  • Has successfully defended antitrust class actions brought against BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. and Michelin Tire Company.
  • Has obtained habeas corpus relief from sentence of execution for indigent paranoid schizophrenic capital felon at State Penitentiary with federal court finding that capital felon is incompetent to be executed under the Eighth Amendment.
  • Dixie-Net Communications, Inc. v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 915 F. Supp. 2d 784 (N.D. Miss. 2012), Aff'd, 516 Fed. Appx. 407 (5th Cir. 2013).
  • City of Memphis, fub Memphis Gas Light & Water v. Tandy Gilliland Family, LLC, 391 S.W.3d 60 (Tenn. App. 2012).
  • Uniform Masters v. McKesson Corp., 465 Fed. Appx. 466 (6th Cir. 2012).
  • Sherwin-Williams Co. v. Gaines, 75 So. 3d 41 (Miss. 2011) (represented amici).
  • Double Quick, Inc. v. Lymas, 50 So. 3d 292 (Miss. 2010).
  • Tishomingo R.R. v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 819 F. Supp. 2d 632 (N.D. Miss. 2010), aff'd, 451 Fed. Appx. 379 (5th Cir. 2011).
  • Thomas v. NBC Universal, Inc., 694 F. Supp. 2d 564 (S.D. Miss. 2010).
  • Billiot v. Epps, 671 F. Supp. 2d 840 (S.D. Miss. 2009).
  • Unity Communications, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, 643 F. Supp. 2d 829 (S.D. Miss. 2009), aff'd, 400 Fed. Appx. 944 (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Barbour v. State ex rel. Hood, 974 So. 2d 232 (Miss. 2008).
  • Tuepker v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 507 F.3d 346 (5th Cir. 2007).
  • Shelter Mutual Ins. Co. v. Dale, 914 So. 2d 698 (Miss. 2005).
  • City of Clarksdale v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 428 F.3d 206 (5th Cir. 2005).
  • 3M Co. v. Johnson, 895 So. 2d 151 (Miss. 2004).
  • Community Bank, Ellisville v. Courtney, 884 So. 2d 767 (Miss. 2004).
  • In Re Biloxi Casino Belle Inc., 368 F.3d 491 (5th Cir. 2004) (represented amicus).
  • Travis v. Irby, 326 F.3d 644 (5th Cir. 2003).
  • Lane v. Strang Communications Co., 297 F. Supp. 2d 897 (N.D. Miss. 2003).
  • Tuck v. Blackmon, 798 So. 2d 402 (Miss. 2001) (represented amici).
  • Little v. Clodfelter, 782 So. 2d 175 (Miss. 2001).
  • In Re Proposed Initiative Measure No. 20, 774 So. 2d 397 (Miss. 2000).
  • Jeffries v. State, 724 So. 2d 897 (Miss. 1998) (represented amici).
  • In Re Higginbotham, 716 So. 2d 631 (Miss. 1998).
  • Trilogy Communications, Inc. v. Times Fiber Communications, Inc., 109 F.3d 739 (Fed. Cir. 1997).
  • McCoy v. South Central Bell Tel. Co., 688 So. 2d 214 (Miss. 1996).
  • Wilbourn v. Stennett, Wilkinson & Ward, 687 So. 2d 1205 (Miss. 1996).
  • Stegall v. WTWV, Inc., 609 So. 2d 348 (Miss. 1992) (represented amici).
  • Fordice v, Thomas, 649 So. 2d 835 (Miss. 1995).
  • State ex rel. Moore v. Molpus, 578 So. 2d 624 (Miss. 1991).
  • Webster v. Mississippi Publishers Corp., 571 So. 2d 946 (Miss. 1990) (represented amici).
  • Mitchell v. Random House, Inc., 865 F.2d 664 (5th Cir. 1989).
  • Billiot v. State, 515 So. 2d 1234 (Miss. 1987).
  • North Mississippi Communications, Inc. v. Jones, 792 F. 2d 1330 (5th Cir. 1986).
Papers, Presentations & Publications
  • Co-author for the past 25 years of the Mississippi section for Media Law Resource Center’s annual 50-State Survey: Media Libel Law and co-author for the past 10 years of the Mississippi section for its 50-State Survey: Employment Libel and Privacy Law, both published by Media Law Resource Center of New York City and Oxford University Press.
  • Has published numerous articles on different legal issues for law reviews and professional magazines.

© Copyright 2014 Butler Snow LLP.  All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer

Questions or comments regarding our website may be directed to the Webmaster